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Gunshot Wound to the Head

Object lesson: Never, NEVER, take off your eye protection while shooting, especially in an indoor range. I didn’t, but if for some stupid reason I had, it’s only about two inches above my eyes.

I could have SO much fun with this.

Anyone got a bandaid with a picture of a bullet hole on it?

I shot myself in the head!

Take a hacksaw to a bullet and glue the rear half to a bandaid so it looks like it’s half inside the hole in my head. “NO, Don’t pull it out! It’s holding my brains in!”

Fun aside, be safe out there, folks. This hurt like hell. Blood all over the place, as with any head injury. Nasty welt and it’s still a little sore (happened around 7:00pm last night). Thought it might turn black and blue, today, but it hasn’t.  Still swollen, though.  Thankfully far enough from the eyes that I didn’t get a black eye. No stitches required, just a butterfly bandage. It was a ricochet off the back stop of the range.  This was a .38 special round.  Glad I wasn’t shooting .357 Magnum out of my Ruger Security Six at the time.

Really had crappy luck last night. To top it off, after dinner I headed home and not more than half a mile from the restaurant, got rear ended. Actually, it was a three car collision. Lucky for me, I was the car in front of the stack and got jostled a bit but no injuries and nothing but scuff marks on the rear bumper of my BMW. Middle car (a subcompact) not so lucky getting squished at both ends, and the passenger needed a ride in an ambulance to the hospital. No apparent blood or broken bones, but she was crying about abdominal pain. Woman who hit the guy who hit me was driving a big-ass 1980 Buick. Hood, front grill, and probably radiator, fan and fan belt damage. She was the one cited, of course. Good, because she let slip that she was talking on the phone when it happened. Lived here forever, but didn’t know where the hell she was and she wasn’t even far from home. Hmmph. People.

bullettothehead

 

Stay Dangerous, My Friends.  (To others, not yourself!)

Connecting / Networking at Last

This is really just a test post after I’ve enabled the Publicize feature of the Jetpack plugin so that all my posts here will now be publicized on both my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

I’m not a fan of Facebook, nor really *any* social networking sites due to the lack of control. It’s why I host my own blog in my own server rather than on wordpress.com. I don’t really care about the privacy issue since I don’t put much information in my profiles on those sites even though they keep begin me to complete my profile. (Go. Away. My profile is as complete as it is ever going to be on your site.)

Yes, this breaks my anonymity. But I’ve never really invested that much effort in keeping my identity secret. It’s just not obvious. So now all my Facebook friends will know I have a blog. Whoop-de-doo.

Two of the reasons I’ve done this is that I’ve made a few comments on Facebook that I believe both deserve wider exposure and because I want complete control of the content and to be sure it’s not subject to the whims of the those zuckers in charge of Facebook.

So most, if not all of my original stuff will be posted here. I may try to duplicate some noteworthy comments, as well.

Stay Dangerous, My Friends.

Checking in

This post is just to let people know that I haven’t been disappeared as I expect Edward Snowden will be any day, now.  Not that I’m a big enough threat to be worth disappearing, mind you.

I’ve been keeping myself busy volunteering with Grass Roots North Carolina, so it’s not like I’ve dropped out of the gun rights world or anything like that.

I’ll try to post more often in the coming months.  There’s a lot going on, so it’s not like I have an excuse.  :-)  Plenty of blog fodder out there.

Stay Dangerous, My Friends.

GunsAmerica Pulls a Zumbo

My response to the GunsAmerica‘s post on GunsAmerica Supports Interstate Tax Bill – 20 Points to Protect the 2nd Amendment, with slight grammatical corrections that don’t really affect the meaning.

Sorry, I’m winding up a pitch to throw more than a few rotten tomatoes.

Glad I’ve never done business with GunsAmerica. Now I know I probably never will.

This post title is a lie. It has nothing to do with protecting the Second Amendment. It’s also a poorly crafted post. Others have pointed out contradictions. So how about another one: 7 and 15 contradict. Has an FFL as a “hobby” (7)? But I thought I couldn’t buy a gun from anyone who doesn’t have a brick and mortar gun dealer (15)?

This is what we call disruptive technology. And in the long run it is a positive market force. You don’t see too many buggy whip vendors anymore, and for good reason. What GunsAmerica is supporting is for the state governments of all 50 states — with the backing of the federal government should this bill become law — to be a market force working against internet retailers. Note I said state governments. I have no problem with other businesses from all 50 states being in competition with a mom-and-pop internet gun retailer, but I do have a problem calling for more government interference in markets.

The primary thinking behind the Second Amendment is as a bulwark against tyranny. I have, in the past, heavily criticized the NRA for there lack of the ‘long view’ and their sometimes (when it fits their narrative) claim that they are a ‘single issue’ organization. If you grade politicians strictly on their final votes on gun bills, you miss the big picture. Because sometimes these tyrants vote for pro-gun bills or against anti-gun bills only when they know they will have no chance in hell to pass (and they therefore got permission from their party leadership to vote against the party line). [Ed. - They are, hence, unreliable and two-faced.] Same goes for things that aren’t purely gun issues, but hugely, negatively affect liberty in general. There’s a strategic problem with this mentality. You see, as long as that tack is taken, you all but guarantee that our liberty will be progressively (heh) chipped away at until all we have left are our gun rights and then we will be forced into a corner and into using that right for its intended purpose. Do you really want that? DEFEND ALL LIBERTY. FIGHT TYRANNY ON ALL FRONTS. And let go of your short-sighted advocacy of government interference to protect your business. Instead, advocate tearing down all other infringements on our liberty.

Methinks you might have just Zumboed yourself.

I should also add a couple of points.

First, as I’ve said elsewhere, credit where credit is due.  The NRA has done a much better job this time around, probably spooked a little (in a good way) by the huge surge in membership after Sandy Hook.  Good job, NRA.  A hell of a lot better than the CCRKBA, this time around.

Second, if GunsAmerica is unhappy about current circumstances, they need to be lobbying their state legislators to reduce or remove any state sales taxes in their own states.  The last thing those of us fight for liberty need is someone purportedly on our side turning that fight into a Sisyphean task and pelting stones at us as we push forward, up the hill.

Lastly, not only does single-issue vote scoring cloud where a politician really stands due to votes on bills guaranteed not to pass, but it also, usually misses other votes of importance that often don’t get graded.  Oh, like, maybe voting fo Pelosi as for Speaker of the House, or to confirm Supreme Court Justices such as Kagan and Sotomayor.

So GunsAmerica, stop it.  Just stop.  You’re not helping.

Stay Dangerous, My Friends.

Gotta Wonder What’s Happening with CATO

I think I caught this article on FoxNews.com recently, but CATO just posted a link to it on Facebook.  I’m mystified what’s going on at this supposedly libertarian institution.  But then again, Libertarians (at least big ‘L’ libertarians) aren’t always that good on guns.  Even John Stossel admitted that when he first considered himself a libertarian, he wasn’t really all that pro-gun.  It’s odd to me that those who are supposedly for liberty and small government would have this kind of disconnect.

So here’s what I posted in response to Trevor Burrus’ article:

I’ve got to wonder what that flip is going on with Cato, too. This isn’t the first time I’ve wondered. You don’t negotiate with terrorists. You don’t negotiate with the home invader. And you don’t negotiate with the gun grabbers, or anyone else threatening to restrict fundamental human rights. It has always been the case that those who cry ‘compromise’ mean nothing but that they will take just a wee bit less of our rights than they originally proposed. NFA, GCA, Hughes Amendment, AWB, Brady Act, etc, etc, bear that out. I will *never* have a so-called ‘cool head’ about this. ALL laws that even reference guns or weapons of military utility should be repealed, leaving only the Second Amendment. Prosecute violent offenders for malum in se crimes rather than creating so-called ‘criminals’ with malum prohibitum laws, no matter what means they use. And don’t sentence more harshly for the use of any weapons; you actually create a situation where killing someone with your bare hands is less egregious than using a tool. Why, exactly, is that okay? Under NO circumstances should any government entity know where, what, or how many guns the citizenry have. And I will use any means to further that goal. To quote one of the left’s favorite morons: “You go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in. But we’re going to get health care reform passed for the American people.” Well, Mrs. Pelousy, we won’t hesitate to use whatever tactics necessary to secure our liberty. Even though, despite the ranting and whining of the anti-rights cultists regarding this vote, all of this was done via regular order. You had your gawdfersakin vote. Now go home, back to the Oval Office Mr. President. You’ve got work to do. Like covering up Fast and Furious and the Benghazi fiasco.

Stay Dangerous, My Friends.

Five Minute Activism – April 1, 2013

Courtesy of the GOA, go here if you are an NRA member let them know what you think:

 

Five Minute Activism
Five Minute Activism

 

The national leadership of the NRA has been denying that they are in talks with Senator Manchin (D-WV) and others on a possible compromise regarding, in particular, Universal Background Checks. I do applaud the no compromise public stance the NRA has taken on this issue. But from past experience (most egregiously, the cooperation on the drafting of the 1968 GCA, but there have been many more — i.e. the Orwellian named DISCLOSE Act), I am not satisfied that my NRA has been vigorous enough and in-your-face enough with politicians who are even participating in any negotiations whatsoever. There should *be* no negotiation with ANYONE who wants ANY kind of gun control EVEN improvements to the current background check system. Mark my words: Any gun control whatsoever coming to the Senate floor will be a death knell for the Second Amendment.

The NRA should be sending a message to all US Senators with a better NRA rating than ‘F’. That message should be that NOT supporting the Rand-Lee-Cruz (and reportedly, Rubio and Inhofe have added their voices) will affect your NRA rating negatively by at least one grade letter and will be cause for immediate loss of any subsequent endorsement.

This is not a time for compromise and deal making, especially on the NRA’s part.

As a life member, I expect you to make a public statement challenging all D or greater rated Senators that their grades will be downgraded and potential endorsements lost should they not back the filibuster.

Thank you.

Stay Dangerous, My Friends.

The World is a Slightly Better Place: Another Tyrant is Dead

A dictator is dead. Lee Doren, whom I hadn’t heard of until today, sums it up nicely here:

I’ve been to Venezuela twice, and I can tell you that it is no workers paradise. Yes, the land is breathtaking. And taking is what Hugo did and his fellow thugs do.

I arrived at work today to a repeating adverse weather announcement on the PA system exhorting everyone in the building to take cover in designated safe (presumably, but probably not truly weatherproof) area. I was about to get on the elevator and some random guy came up and said something like, “elevators aren’t safe…you not taking that seriously?” [pointing up, referring to the announcement] It’s not that I wasn’t taking it seriously, as I hesitated and didn’t get on, anyhow. My point in bringing it up is to highlight presumed authority. This guy held *no* authority within the building. He truly was random. And my sense was, “who the heck are you to me?” Among humans, there is a frightening willingness to obey ‘orders’, even from those who have no legitimate authority. In truth, no human has legitimate authority to rule over another. We only delegate certain powers that are revocable.

It’s worth restating what I wrote 2 1/2 years ago on the anniversary of the attacks by 19 adherents to an evil ideology:

We wound up running into an unexpected checkpoint, and while the leader of our group was outside the bus explaining what our purpose was, one of Hugo’s thugs got on board and stood at the head of the bus. He, very, very, slowly, scanned ever single passenger on the bus with his eyes and had a smile on his face that, although almost imperceptible, seemed to me to be rather gleeful. I believe he was gleeful that he is in a position of power to intimidate every civilian he encounters. I remember thinking to myself, “give me a break, you two-bit thug.” I don’t remember whether or not this Hugobot was even armed. It’s likely that he was, given the thugocracy we were in.

A short time after we arrived back in the states, I told this story, (including my thoughts during the experience), to a liberty-loving relative of mine and he rather seriously said, “Yeah, but if anybody was suspicious looking or defiant in any way, he would have just killed him.”

I’ve considered that caution since he said it, and the conclusion I’ve come to is, “So? I will not be intimidated.” In Hugoland, I’m sure I would have been killed had I acted too snotty or maybe made the shape of a gun with my finger and pointed it at him. And every situation requires its own analysis regarding when to resist, talk back, or comply. It was simply wise, and rather non-intrusive to comply in that situation and location. I’m am not interested in fighting that battle for Venezulans. My battle is here.

The world is a better place with one less tyrant. But all tyrants need some sort of popular support to thrive. Take away consent and you take away legitimacy and contribute to the eventual demise of the tyrant. Choose for yourself how will defy. Should our government continue down it’s current path (that’s been ongoing for at least 100 years, regardless of the party in control) I will choose the time, place, and nature of my defiance. But defy I will.

Stay Dangerous, My Friends.

h/t Michelle for the Venezuela confiscation link
h/t Weerd for the Lee Doren link

Response from SAF regarding HB1588 in WA

Below is the response I just got from SAF.  All I can say, is that hope this play works, including what isn’t being made public.
I’m just not happy with additional precedents being set, state by state, for the deceptively named universal background checks, exceptions or not.  But perhaps the right strategy for WA is to trade a small infringement at the expense of the other side giving up a larger infringement.  But from a national strategy point of view, I’m not all that sure this is wise.
We’ll see.
Alan Gottlieb statement on HB 1588
First you should know that I do not support Washington House Bill 1588 as it is currently written.
My support for a state universal background check bill must include a substantial victory for gun owners that includes, but is not limited to repealing, prohibiting and destroying the current state handgun registration system and the data base of several million records of gun owners  and their firearms that include the type of handguns and the serial numbers.
This would be a huge victory for our gun rights. We would be the first state to repeal a gun registration system. Think about that and what it means for your privacy as a gun owner and the fact that we all know historically that registration leads to confiscation.
In addition, if you have a carry permit you will be exempt from additional background checks. No checks would be required for transfers between family members.  If you are a member of an organization like the Washington Arms Collectors that does a background check for membership, you would be exempt from additional checks to buy a firearm at their gun shows.
There are other inclusions that must be made as well that are good for our rights and freedom that need to be in a final bill to have my support.
My guess is that the gun grabbers will not go along with these provisions and kill the bill. If they do the “blood” so to speak is on their hands, not ours.
There are other smart, tactical, political and morally justified reasons why I have taken this position that I do not want to make public at this time. We do have enemies and I am not going to telegraph our strategy to them by spelling out our battle plans.
I enjoy winning our freedoms more than the fight. I wish I can say that about some of my critics who have pre-judged without knowledge what it is that I am doing.
Anyone who knows me knows that for the past forty years my efforts have expanded and protected our right to keep and bear arms from local city councils all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
Alan Gottlieb
 
 
 Stay Dangerous, My Friends.
 

Reversal of Fortune? (NRA vs. SAF)

Regarding this from David Codrea, we have a guy, supposedly on our side, who needs a cold glass of water in the face. Please give him a splash. Be (somewhat) polite, but firm. The SAF has done a lot of good for us, particularly in the courts. But that is no reason to give them any leeway on this. Please, go here now and let them know that you do not approve. Note that responses are limited to 2000 characters, which isn’t mentioned anywhere on the contact form. So I had to shorten it and continue my note in another submission.

SAF Contact Form

Subject: WE WILL NOT COMPROMISE on so-called Universal Background checks

I have long respected the SAF, particularly for the court cases it has fought, in some important cases, all the way to the US Supreme Court. I am not yet a member, but have been intending on joining soon.

That delay of mine may prove to have been wise, as I read this: http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020389406_backgroundcheckxml.html

In the above link, if the article is correct, Alan Gottlieb has indicated his willingness to compromise on so-called ‘Universal Background Checks’, which is nothing more than precursor, and even in the eyes of the NIJ, of universal registration. Universal registration will lead to universal confiscation, which enables universal extermination.

See Kurt Hoffman’s article for more information on the NIJ memo:

http://www.examiner.com/article/nij-memo-shows-new-gun-laws-can-only-work-with-registration-confiscation

Mr. Gottlieb, I beseech you to stop negotiating with the liberty stealers. If the Seattle Times article is correct, there would not be enough votes in the legislature for this to pass were it not for your misguided efforts.

I am an ardent defender of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. I am a member of the Legislative Team of Grass Roots North Carolina, my state gun rights group. Though I am a life member of the NRA, I have long been disgusted with it’s compromises and complicit in such atrocities as the 1968 Gun Control Act. The NRA, however, has been surprisingly unbending, at least for the moment, on the deceptively named universal background checks. It will not work, and UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should the government — ANY government — be allowed to know where all the guns are. It is a direct path to tyranny via eventual disarmament.

Know this. Unless you back away from this effort that will give those who oppose liberty another victory in their long march against freedom, you will sully the names of the SAF and the CCRKBA forever. You will never get a dime for me and I am sure many gun rights advocates will agree. The NRA just *may* become the organization we’ve been looking for. And you will fade into the black of the American Hunters Association. No, I don’t think the SAF or CCRKBA were set up with those intentions. But that is what you will become to anyone who cares about freedom if you do not back away from advocacy for universal background checks. And it will be well deserved.

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Stay Dangerous, My Friends.